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Wild Elephinks (1933)

Floating on a raft, Popeye and Olive Oyl land on a jungle island and immediately battle wild elephants, gorillas, and other animals.

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Dave Fleischer, Willard Bowsky (uncredited)
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Uncredited cast:
William Costello William Costello ... Popeye (voice) (uncredited)
William Pennell William Pennell ... Lion (voice) (uncredited)
Bonnie Poe Bonnie Poe ... Olive Oyl (voice) (uncredited)
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Popeye and Olive, marooned on a raft, land on what apparently is Africa, and are immediately battling elephants and gorillas. And a moose(!). Popeye eventually battles an entire menagerie at once, after his spinach, of course. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Did You Know?

Quotes

Lion: I'm king!
Popeye: Then I'll crown you!
[punches lion on head; bump forms into crown]
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Connections

Featured in Adventures of Popeye (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
(uncredited)
Written by Samuel Lerner
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Popeye
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In the wild jungle
21 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Dave Fleischer was responsible for many gems. Ones that were amusing and charming, though over-cuteness did come through in some efforts and the stories were always pretty thin, with appealing characters, outstanding music and visuals that were inventive and with innovative animation techniques.

'Wild Elephinks' is one of the best Popeye cartoons to me. It is extremely well done and never less than very funny, its best parts being hilarious. Have always enjoyed many of the Popeye cartoons a good deal and like Popeye very much, Fleischer's efforts were always well animated and scored with lots of entertainment value and great chemistry between the characters. 'Wild Elephinks' has everything that makes the Popeye series so appealing in its prime era and sees the characters on top form, didn't mind the absence of Bluto at all and feel that with the premise it was the right decision to not have him.

The story is an interesting and beautifully paced one, never being dull, if formulaic (not uncommon with the Popeye cartoons). The humour and gags make it even more entertaining, 'Wild Elephinks' is non-stop fast-paced wildness, boy is 'Wild Elephinks' wild, and laughter, avoiding the trap of repetition.

All the characters are great, Olive Oyl is not underused and she charms and amuses. Those two are spot on and their chemistry drives 'Wild Elephinks' and has so much energy. Popeye is always amusing and likeable and the animals are distinct in personality and have such entertaining chemistry with the two leads, stealing the show even.

Furthermore, the animation is beautifully drawn and with enough visual detail to not make it cluttered or static and lively and smooth movement. The music is also outstanding, lots of merry energy and lush orchestration, adding a lot to the action and making the impact even better without being too cartoonish. Fleischer's direction is always accomplished and his style is all over it.

Voice acting is dynamic and of very good quality, Mae Questel is a good fit for Olive Oyl, the voice that most sticks in my mind for the character and who voiced her the best, but William Costello adds a lot of character as Popeye.

Concluding, splendid. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1933 (USA) See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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